My journey finished, as most great journeys do, in a mens changing room with 2 blokes bantering, covered in shaving foam, each brandishing a razor. Yes, I have finally shaved the MO. I’M FREE!
I received an email from Movember UK today with some useful info on how to say goodbye to your MO in the best way. The email suggested to:
- Put on some calming music – Tunes that you and your Mo have enjoyed together over the last month.
- Trim back any longer hairs with scissors or an electric trimmer.
- Lather up generously
- Start from the outside and work your way in.
- Wash it down with warm water.
- Remember he will be back next year.
I observed most of these suggestions, other than the calming music. In my head, I was blasting out The Ace of Spades, B.Y.O.B. and songs of that nature as it felt so rebellious, so adrenalin fueled, so GOOD. I’d been growing this itchy bastard for 30 and 30 nights now and I was ready to free my upper lip from the shackles of irritation.
I did the obligatory mess-around and tried to style my MO in various ways before whacking the whole thing off, but it didn’t work. After first shaving the tickler to see what tash-only looked like and a little bit of thinning and trimming, I set to hacking into the gingery bush that was MO. Hair was literally flying everywhere: in my eyes, up my nose, all over the basin and further into the changing rooms. The walls, ceiling and mirrors were covered in my follicles. Filthy. But deliciously satisfying.
Overall, I’m glad I took part in Movember, not only to raise awareness for mens health issues, but also as a kind of social experiment.
A round up on growing a MO…
The early stages of growing a MO are difficult as you have to break through the laughing, pointing, jibes and banter, and that was just from my mother. Once breaking through the ‘Jeremy Kyle guest’ look, you enter a half way stage where you’re not sure how this could work out. Some men (and women for that matter) have a better growth rate, and others may have an even more pathetic attempt than yours by week 2. The key is determination and focus. DO NOT lose focus. And try not to judge as somewhere someone has a better MO than thou. Week 3 was relatively quiet as there is still time to grow and it is still somewhat of an unknown entity. Week 4 is the business end which separates the men from the boys. I was, and still am, a boy. I’ve seen some cracking MO’s, some which perhaps had a little head start or were formerly a beard, but the main thing is they all raised awareness of mens health. A good job well done.
Having raised a total of £170 – and over £2000 as a team - I’d like to thank everyone for your kind donations, and even your time for reading this blog. Surely you should have done something more constructive with your time? Actually, probably not.
Thanks again everyone for joining me on this journey, and remember: check your balls.
Today’s looks… Mid and post shave.